Additional TOPS Core Curriculum Equivalent Courses 
LOUISIANA
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMISSION


TOPS BULLETIN NUMBER: 
T200003 
DATE ISSUED: 
February 29, 2000 
EFFECTIVE DATE: 
As Indicated 
DISTRIBUTION:  Louisiana High Schools, Department of Education and Louisiana Officials 
TOPIC:  Additional TOPS Core Curriculum Equivalent Courses 
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Rules of the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, (specifically, Louisiana Administrative Code Title 28, Part IV) have again been revised to provide that certain courses may satisfy core curriculum course requirements of 703.A.5.a.i. These courses will be considered for any student who has previously been determined ineligible, but applies to the Commission for a review and provides documentation of his coursework. Quoted below are sections 703.A.5.a.i. and the revised section ii, which has been revised to incorporate Algebra I, Parts 1 and 2, as equivalent to the Algebra I curriculum requirement; Applied Mathematics I and II as equivalent to the Algebra IA and IB curriculum requirement; and Chemistry Com as equivalent to the Chemistry curriculum course requirement for the TOPS:
§Chapter 7. Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Opportunity; Performance and Honors Awards
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§703. Establishing Eligibility
A.A.4.g. ...
5. a. graduate from a BESEapproved, provisionallyapproved, or probationallyapproved public or nonpublic
Louisiana high school or eligible nonLouisiana high school as defined in §1703.A.3; and
i. at the time of high school graduation, an applicant must have successfully completed 16.5 units of high school course work constituting a core curriculum as follows:
Units 
Course 
1 
English I 
1 
English II 
1 
English III 
1 
English IV 
1 
Algebra I (one unit) or Applied Algebra 1A and 1B (two units) 
1 
Algebra II 
1 
Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus or comparable Advanced Mathematics 
1 
Biology 
1 
Chemistry 
1 
Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II , Physics, Physics II, or Physics for Technology 
1 
American History 
1 
World History, Western Civilization or World Geography 
1 
Civics and Free Enterprise (one unit combined) or Civics (one unit, nonpublic) 
1 
Fine Arts Survey; (or substitute two units performance courses in music, dance, or theater; or two units of studio art or visual art; or one elective from among the other subjects listed in this core curriculum) 
2 
In a single Foreign Language (one unit or credit for three or more hours of college foreign language for students graduating from high school during the 199697 and 199798 school years). 
½ 
Computer Science, Computer Literacy or Business Computer Applications (or substitute at least onehalf unit of an elective course related to computers that is approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; or substitute at least onehalf unit of an elective from among the other subjects listed in this core curriculum) 
ii. for purposes of satisfying the requirements of §703.A.5.a.i., above, the following courses shall be considered equivalent to the identified core courses and may be substituted to satisfy corresponding core courses:
Core Curriculum Course  Equivalent (Substitute) Course 
Physical Science  General Science 
Algebra I  Algebra I, Parts 1 and 2 
Applied Algebra IA and IB  Applied Mathematics I and II 
Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry  Integrated Mathematics I, II and III 
Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, or comparable Advanced Mathematics  PreCalculus, Algebra III, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Applied Mathematics III* 
Chemistry  ChemistryCom 
Fine Arts Survey  Speech Debate (2 units) 
Western Civilization  European History 
*Applied Mathematics III was formerly referred to as Applied Geometry 
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A.5.b.G.2. ...